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The Passion and Peril of Medical Storytelling

The Passion and Peril of Medical Storytelling

Although there is surely an element of shock value in the stories that medical professionals choose to share, the compulsion to tell a story is largely motivated by the profound emotions kindled by the clinical experience. This impulse needs to be recognized by the profession, even nurtured

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Should Med Schools Be Renamed for Donors?

Should Med Schools Be Renamed for Donors?

Twenty-four of the country’s 141 medical schools sport a donor’s name rather than the plain old university name. This trend is modest, but the pace is increasing, as are the number of eyebrows being raised.

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Radio Interview

Radio Interview

Danielle Ofri speaks about doctors, patients, and the emotions that flow between....

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Giving the Doctor a Second Chance

Giving the Doctor a Second Chance

“Someone had said you were a good doctor,” my patient said derisively, “but I was not impressed.” What had I done?

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Keeping Perspective on Ebola

Keeping Perspective on Ebola

Irrational fears are highly contagious, and there's no vaccine for that. So just like in the hospital, we need to use universal precautions. Be skeptical of hype. Get your facts from reliable sources and keep things in perspective.

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The Little Things

The Little Things

Although technically these are the little things, in a sense they’re actually the big things. Indeed, for some patients, the little thing may be the only thing that matters.

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Physician Suicide

Physician Suicide

Physician suicide is no surprise: Doctors have the highest suicide rates of any professional group. But losing two of our newest members within a week of each other is a painful reminder of the dangers of our profession.

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Adventures in ‘Prior Authorization’

Adventures in ‘Prior Authorization’

“Dear Doctor. We are writing to inform you that a prior authorization is required for the medication you prescribed.” That’s usually where I stop reading.

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TEDMED 2014

TEDMED 2014

Danielle will be speaking at the opening session of TEDMED 2014 at the Kennedy Center. This year's theme is “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.” Free live-stream access for educational insitutions and nonprofits.

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The Physical Exam as Refuge

The Physical Exam as Refuge

There are few situations where we expect to disrobe and have our bodies touched by relative strangers.

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